Since we try to create meaningful connections, we have written posts recently about
“good morning messages” for the special people in our lives and questions to get to know someone in a deeper way. It sort of flowed into” how to live a happy life” and “happy quotes” which led to the Happy Jar. The same premise for this gift can be created for many other occasions, but what I love about this gift is that it is meaningful.
Writing down memories for those that we care for is a gift that is very special for anyone that receives it. So be creative! Download our labels for 4 occasions.
Short Happy Quotes
Use these short happy quotes or other inspirational messages for different occasions listed below. After the tutorial we have more happy jar quotes and happy jar messages if you would like a little more happiness!
“Be happy in this moment. This moment is your life.”
“There is only one happiness in this life to love and be loved.”
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”
“The most simple things can bring the most happiness.”
“Happiness held is the seed, Happiness shared is the flower.”
“If you want to fly, give up anything that weighs you down.”
“Happiness can only exist in acceptance.”
– George Orwell
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.”
“Happiness depends upon ourselves”
“Happiness is not a goal by a by-product.”
“Independence is Happiness.”
– Susan B. Anthony
“Happiness is like a kiss, you must share it to enjoy it.”
– Bernard Meltzer
“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”
– Helen Keller
“Happiness is a choice that requires effort sometimes.”
“Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.”
– Robert Frost
“Happiness is hard to recall. It is just a glow.”
– Frank McCourt
Happy Jar DIY tutorial
This happy jar gift DIY tutorial was inspired by this gift that I had found while writing the article “Good morning messages.” I found the gift on Amazon. While I love the idea of the gift, the size was 4”x 6” and I felt that we could come up with a larger size that would be a fabulous happy jar gift.
1. I found these jars around the house, including the large jar I ended up using which was a Yankee Candle Jar. I cleaned out the jar and this size is great. I put the candle in a pan of hot water (on the stove on medium) until the bottom wax could be poured out. I also filled the candle with very hot water to clean out the rest of the wax.
You can use Ball jars also, just make sure that the mouth is wide enough for all the notes. Many different types of jars will work, just remember that the larger the jar, the more filler will need to be used.
2. I used a 12” x 12” sheet of colored card stock that I cut into 30 equal squares to write notes on. You can find card stock at your local Michaels or A.C. Moore. The card stock is thicker and makes a nicer note.
You can also find mini colored notes with envelopes that I have found from Amazon that would be great also. They come 10 to a color. I would use 30 per gift which equals a month of notes.
The note cards can be left blank for the recipient to fill in their own memories, or you can fill out some memories and leave the rest blank.
If you use the colored envelopes, just use 3 coordinating colors per gift. All the supplies that I used are listed below.
3. I hot glued a coordinating ribbon to the jar top and added a wax seal. You can use a cosmetic jewelry pin or a button, something that you looks nice to cover the cut end of the ribbon.
4. I printed the label with heavyweight matte Epson paper 8″x10″. I used the high quality printing option, to make the labels look the best. I cut the labels and used the hot glue gun to attach to the jar.
5. I used colorful Sharpies to write the notes. Add the filler to the jar and place the notes on top.
This happy jar gift idea is perfect for an Anniversary, Birthday, Sympathy, Wedding or Holidays. While they are all filled with either plain cards, memories or quotes, be creative! You can add a gift card or small gifts or candy to the jar.
Add things that are special to your relationships…
I designed 4 downloadable designs on a sheet for four different occasions.
- “I love you” Jar
- “Be inspired” Jar
- “Be Happy” Jar
- “Memory” Jar
Click this link to download an 8.5” x 11” sheet of four different labels.
Ideas for Happy Jar
Ideas for “I love you” jar for your boyfriend or husband
We have love quotes that you can use for the jar, it may also be fun to use the questions for some evening conversation starters. Maybe you could write special IOU’s on the notes. You know what they would like best, so make them special for just the two of you!
Ideas for Be inspired jar
Birthday Jar for your girlfriends
This is a great gift for a friend or sister or bridesmaid. Coordinate the colors of the wedding with the jars as a way for you to reminisce with your best friends.
Ideas for Anniversary Jar
I think this is a great idea for an anniversary. Think of what you love about your partner and what you are grateful for, let them know!
Ideas for Memory Jar- Mothers’s Day Memory Jar
I think this is very special for someone that lost a loved one or for any special occasion. You and the recipient can write special memories to cherish and re read when ever they want to bring the memories back.
Great quotes to be used for jar gifts
Use the quotes or questions listed below to fill all or some of the cards that fit your theme.
“Good Morning Messages” for someone that you love.
Fun Questions to get to know someone better.
Supplies for the “Happy Jar”
These supplies are for the Memory Jar, I love you Jar, Be Inspired Jar, Happy Birthday Jar, Happy Anniversary Jar, Sympathy Jar, Friendship Jar, Bridesmaids Jars, Kindness Jar & Mothers Day Jar.
140 Mini Envelopes with White Blank Note Cards, Colorful Mini Envelopes 14 Assorted Colors 4″x 2.7″-
LaRibbons Solid Color Satin Ribbon Asst. #2-10 Colors 3/8″ X 5 Yard Each Total 50 Yds Per Package
Beistle 1-Pack Tissue Confetti- This is what I used to fill my Happy jar. But you could use Crinkle paper filler also.
Ball 24-Ounce Wide Mouth Jars with Lids and Bands 9-Count- I used a 22 oz with a glass lid, you may be able to find at your local craft store.
ccbetter Upgraded Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun with 30pcs Glue Sticks,Removable Anti-hot Cover Glue Gun Kit
Look at the stars, and how they shine for you
Let it be
Never regret anything that made you smile
The best is yet to come
Be the reason for someones smile
No one looks stupid when they are having fun
Be happy in the moment
Positive mind, positive vibes
Create your own happiness
I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing
It’s a good day to be happy
Take time to make your soul happy
Create your own sunshine
Find the joy in your journey
Be a light in this world
Happiness is not a destination its a way of life
P.S. don’t forget to have a good time